Learn about Imari and Arita Porcelain

One of the most popular and collected of the Japanese porcelains is Imari. Imari is in fact a European name for export porcelain produced in the town of Arita in the Hizen province of Japan. It was shipped through the nearby port of Imari from the second half of the 17th century and the first half of the 18th century. Pre-export period Imari is called Shoki-Imari.

There are two distinct styles of Arita or Imari porcelain.

Firstly there is the rare and highly sought after Kakiemon porcelain. It is sparsely decorated predominantly in coral red on a very fine white glaze. Highlight colours include yellow, green and aubergine Kakiemon wares are of a consistently high standard and command very high prices

In contrast, the more commonly found Imari in the west is called brocaded Imari or Kinrande Imari, and is usually richly decorated with flowers, foliage and figures. These pieces have an overall floral decoration reminiscent of a rich silk textile, and typical colours are underglaze cobalt blue and iron red, which is highlighted with colours such as gold, green, aubergine and yellow. more...

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Japanese Imari hand painted and applied vase (showing signs of age)

Two Japanese Imari porcelain chargers mid to late 19th century decorated painted blue and iron red enamels Diameters: 30 cm and 35 cm

Two Japanese Imari cabinet plates, 30 cm diameter (largest) approx.

Japanese blue & white Imari serving platter, 30 cm diameter

Japanese porcelain bowl and cover, decorated with floral blue and white interior, surrounded by a scene of figures and sailing ships in the European manner, in Imari palette accented in black and green, a/f, diameter 13.5 cm

A large and impressive 19th century Japanese Imari floor vase, the squat ovoid body with a long cylindrical neck flaring at the top, the exterior with all over traditional panelled designs including dragons, exotic birds in complex landscapes and tradition

Early 19th century Japanese Imari miniature teapot, with original antique restoration to spout

Antique Japanese Imari bowl, Meji period, 22 cm diameter, 9 cm high

Japanese Imari fruit service including twelve plates and four stemmed dishes

A Japanese Imari porcelain wall charger late 19th century decorated with painted blue and iron red enamels diameter 39.5 cm

A Japanese Imari covered vase, gilt and polychrome Enamels, 19th/20th century, large and impressive Imari covered vase of baluster form with very fine polychrome enamel work, with background of tortoise shell and traditional wave design, the main cartouche

An impressive covered Japanese floor vase in the Imari palette, Meiji period, 19th century, large and impressive Imari floor vase of baluster form decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze iron red and polychrome HO-o birds, landscapes and spaced by furth

A large Japanese imari plate, Meiji period (1868-1912), decorated with flowers and rocks, 52 cm diameter

Pair of Japanese Meiji period Imari plates, of circular form, with scalloped edges, decorated decorated with a central mage, surrounded by panels of flowers, (2)

Japanese Meiji period Imari plate, of circular form, decorated with a central image of a fan and flowers, surrounded by floral sprays, a.f, diameter 22 cm

Antique Japanese lidded Imari pattern vase, approx 38 cm high

Large Imari footed bowl interior painted with panels of florals in the traditional manner, continuous landscape to the exterior 35 cm diameter

A pair of Japanese Arita porcelain fish sauce boats, both with blue underglaze painted decoration. Length 13 cm.

A Japanese Imari bottle vase with cover, Meiji period, late 19th century, the vase with prunus blossom branches and flowers to the body below a scalloped collar with alternate blue and iron red panels, floral decoration to the neck, with a flat topped cove

Japanese Arita porcelain food (rice) bowl, with Fuki Choshun mark to base, 15.5 cm diameter, 4.9 cm high

A pair of large Japanese Imari plates, Meiji period, the design of painted & shaped cartouche and a circular centre with a fenced garden, diameter 30 cm

A pair of Japanese Arita dishes, late 18th century, each with landscape scene and geometric border, well potted on straight foot with shaped rim, diameter 15 cm

A Japanese Arita dish, late 17th century, underglaze blue floral scene to interior, continuous sweet pea design to exterior, six character underglaze blue mark and ring to base, finely potted with gadrooned rim, 21 cm diameter

A Japanese Arita Shoki Imari plate, early 17th century, finely painted in underglaze blue with curved foot and broad shallow rim, diameter 28.5 cm diameter. Kintsugi gold repair to rim chip

A large Japanese Imari charger, Meiji period, finely painted with central vase surrounded by phoenix, 52 cm diameter

A Japanese Arita blue and white dish, Meiji period, painted and moulded with stylised lotus sides, the centre with auspicious symbols, diameter 20 cm

A large Japanese Arita blue and white bowl, Meiji period, painted to the centre with a peony spray, the rim with alternating scrolling lotus and blue wavy bands, diameter 33 cm

A large Japanese Imari dish, Meiji period, decorated with panels of phoenix and long tailed birds on blossoming sprays, impressed mark to the base, diameter 30 cm

A large Japanese Arita blue and white dish, 19th century, painted in Kraak style with a Shishi lion and cub to the centre, surrounded by panels of insects and flowers, diameter 30 cm

A large Japanese Arita blue and white dish, 19th century, decorated in Kraak style with long tailed birds amongst peony, surrounded by panels with other flowers and auspicious symbols, diameter 31 cm

A large Japanese Arita blue and white dish, Edo period, decorated in Kraak style, the centre with pomegranate and peony sprays issuing from a vase, the rim with alternating panels of peony, pomegranate, kiku and other flowers, diameter 42 cm

A large Japanese Arita blue and white dish, Edo period, decorated in Kraak style with pomegranate and finger citron branches to the centre surrounded by panels of peonies and auspicious symbols, diameter 42 cm

Large Japanese Imari vase, as inspected, 36 cm high approx.